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Period Pain
Title : Period Pain
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ISBN : 9781431424
Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 188

Kopano Matlwa stole South Africa's heart with her debut novel Coconut. With almost 25 000 sales this award-winning title cemented her position as one of South Africa's bestselling authors. With her follow-up novel, Spilt Milk, Kopano continued to amaze us with her ability to intimately address complex political issues through relatable characters. This year she brings us hKopano Matlwa stole South Africa's heart with her debut novel Coconut. With almost 25 000 sales this award-winning title cemented her position as one of South Africa's bestselling authors. With her follow-up novel, Spilt Milk, Kopano continued to amaze us with her ability to intimately address complex political issues through relatable characters. This year she brings us her best novel yet, Period Pain; a compelling story about how the broken continue to survive. In Period Pain she has poignantly captured the heartache and confusion of so many South Africans who feel defeated by the litany of headline horrors: xenophobia, corrective rape, corruption and crime and for many the death sentence that is the public health nightmare. Through this story we are able to reflect, to question and to rediscover our humanity. Kopano is a brand in her own right, and to celebrate her latest release all three of her titles will be re-branded and jacketed. Look out for the epitome of #BlackGirlMagic.


Period Pain Reviews

  • Blair

    Evening Primrose is the journal of Masechaba, a young doctor in South Africa. She sometimes talks about her life – the chronic endometriosis she suffered as a girl, her brother's death – and sometimes about her work – the sheer exhaustion of life as a junior intern, the guilt that accompanies her inability to conjure sympathy for every patient. She writes in brief sketches, addresses her journal entries to God, and punctuates parts of her narrative with passages from the Bible.Within the f [...]

  • Lorraine

    Oh lawd, the last time I read a book in a day was a while back. It helped that it was a school day therefore had hours to dedicate, uninterrupted, to my reading of this book.Kopano Matlwa writes with a maturity which veils her age. Instead of this trait disguising her true nature, it reveals herself to the reader. Herself. Her inner being. Her perceptual self.I'd read 2 of her books previously, "The Coconut" and "Spilt Milk". I wasn't so taken by "The Coconut". Felt that the protagonist was too [...]

  • Eric Anderson

    Immigration is such a heated political topic in Britain - especially since the Brexit vote last year - that it's interesting to consider how other countries have experienced waves of anti-immigration sentiments in recent times. Kopano Matlwa's “Evening Primrose” is set in a post-apartheid South Africa where a growing wave of xenophobia causes an especially brutal period of cruelty and violence against foreigners. Not only are Zimbabweans, Nigerians, Somalis and Chinese immigrants targeted, b [...]

  • Darkowaa

    4.5 stars (rough thoughts)Period Pain follows Masechaba, a young doctor (house officer) fighting through tough working conditions in a South African hospital. Not only is Chaba struggling to work in under-resourced hospital conditions, but she’s also dealing with her own health issues (severe menorrhagia, depression, sexual abuse) while trying to aid in the fight against xenophobia in the nation. Period Pain was not all depressing. I’ve had some good laughs so far! Chaba is humorous and her [...]

  • Puleng Hopper

    A "bloody" novel. I swear i smelt and saw blood as I read on. Moreover the setting is mainly at a hospital. Matlwa uses her intense , unpredictable and painful menstrual circle as an effective metaphor to portray devastating socio economical and political situations within a transitioning post democratic South Africa.The format is in personal diary form wherein the main character, Masechaba is brutally honest and pours her raw emotions out . At times questioning God, Jesus, and her ancestors. In [...]

  • Shawn Mooney

    A well-written, harrowing story set within the claustrophobic confines of a young black female doctor's consciousness and harried work environment as postapartheid South Africa descends into xenophobic violence. I didn't end up liking the novel, though: both the limited point of view and the gratingly overt religiosity—which overwhelmed the latter third of the novel—sapped it of most of its power.

  • Roman Clodia

    Matlwa's first-person narrator has a strong voice which I liked but this short, almost abbreviated story feels underwritten and lacking in freshness. There's no real sense of post-Apartheid South Africa, and horrific/distressing events are told in a mundane, pedestrian, unemphatic way. Now, I often like emotional restraint in a book rather than lurid hand-wringing but this merely feels undifferentiated from many (many) other books that follow a similar narrative arc (view spoiler)[ of rape and v [...]

  • Kate Neilan

    A tough novel in diary form, narrated by a doctor in the writer's hone country South Africa, focusing on the way people are made to feel 'other'.The narrator's extreme periods as a young girl made her feel excluded from many experiences of growing up, affecting her physical and mental wellbeing. As a female doctor, she is respected but also vulnerable.Her Zimbabwean housemate, also a doctor, is considered unclean by many of her older relatives and even colleagues, because she is a 'foreigner'. W [...]

  • Nyasha

    This was a powerful look into the medical world from an honest perspective. There was no sugar coating to the truth that Matlwa offered. There are so many issues that are unravelled and exposed to the reader and often there are moments of breaking open of usually smoothed upon issues. One of the best books i've read this year!

  • Kathrin

    Between the main character, her mother and her roommate the author was able to create a microcosmic representation of South African society today. It deals with a people that is still recovering from apartheid and also has to deal with an influx of immigrants from other African nations bringing out xenophobia.Another facet of the story is about the main character surviving sexual assault and covers the inner torment of identifying the reason why this has happened to her this part is gut wrenchin [...]

  • Jude

    It was okay. I finished it in an hour and a half - so an easy read if not easy subject matter. It's real and it's honest, brutally so, but the religious content, and the talking to God and Jesus, becomes irritating, to me at least. Matlwa is not afraid to confront real issues in contemporary South Africa - xenophobia and rape, in particular, but I don't feel that this novel is up there with her first two books.

  • Maria

    “Evening Primrose” by Kopano Matlwa is, first and foremost, someone’s personal journal. The writing suggests that the main character, Masechaba, never meant for it to become public. It’s an invitation into someone’s mind, no filters, no sugar-coating for the sake of the reader’s feelings. The rawness of it is both endearing and infuriating. Tender at times but not at all gentle, it’s a piece populated by unmeasured words, sharp as the tongue of someone who has travelled the spectru [...]

  • Basma

    Check full review here:tinyurl/ybvbrlvb

  • Camille Kafula

    Miles better than coconut and spilt milk.

  • Andrew

    We first meet Masacheba as a young girl in South Africa who moves into puberty with crippling period pain to such a degree that surgery is considered. Struggling in school because of her periods she is bullied and her older brother is her main emotional support.Qualifying as a doctor she is placed in a city hospital where the work is demanding , she becomes friendly with a Zimbabwean doctor and they share a flat.Interestingly a backlash against 'foreigners' and her friends unfair criticism of he [...]

  • Ellis Moore

    Another book devoured andanother book that has really moved me. Evening Primrose by Kopano Matlwa has so many elements to it, I do not even know where to begin.Matlwa addresses many issues within this novel, including xenophobic tension in South Africa’s post-apartheid, as well as the high price to pay for speaking out against the tide, which sadly for our protagonist, Masechaba, is gang rape. Alongside these two sensitive and well-written explorations, Matlwa also explores the distressing rea [...]

  • Kim

    I think I may have highlighted 90% of this book. The writing here painful and honest. In trying to explain this book to someone else I feel I failed miserably and did not do this book justice.The copy may make this sound like a sort of Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret but set in South Africa and that couldn't be more wrong. This book is dark and gritty and so very real. The main character struggles with so many things, juggling problems and battling demons on a daily basis. She attempts to k [...]

  • Shell Senseless

    Written in the style of a journal this is a powerful read that follows Masechaba as she trains and qualifies as a doctor in South Africa.We get insight into the health system as Masechaba struggles to do a good job with limited resources and also of the race and xenophobic tensions that she finds herself the centre of, after befriending a fellow doctor from Zimbabwe who opens her eyes to the politics and gives her motivation to try and do something about it- with devastating consequences. The bo [...]

  • John Greenwood

    Evening Primrose is the journal of Masechaba, a new doctor recording her thoughts and feelings. She addresses this journal to god, as she openly discusses dealing with the difficulties of being overworked, her own medical problems and her family history.Whilst dealing with very personal subjects, she also has the background of racial tensions rising in post apartheid South Africa.I won’t give any spoilers, but the journal gets darker and darker, every time you think a corner is about to be tur [...]

  • Sthembile

    Period Pain is about Masechaba, a young woman who suffers from severe bleeding that cripples and controls every aspect of her life. Thus, she couldn’t do a lot of things girls at her age were doing. She was constantly conscious of what might happen and the shame thereof. Masechaba embarks on a medical career in hope that she can convince her future colleagues/friends to remove her womb to stop her uncontrollable bleeding.At the hospital where she’s working, she meets an outspoken, confident [...]

  • Alexis

    This was my first jump into African Literature. Masechaba's story is much like many other South African's life experiences of immigration and services for the public. Xenophobia is a strong force in the communities. My reasoning for three stars is that Kopano Matlwa's writing style is incredible. However, the story itself leaves you wanting more. You want to know what's going to happen next in her story and the delivery is just not up to par.I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an ho [...]

  • FunJube

    I really love Kopana Matlwa's writing. Not sure I can say I enjoyed her second offering, 'Spilt Milk', but I loved the mix of existential exploration, religious identity in conflict with lived reality as well as her navigation of xenophobia, and other social ills all through the physical body of Masechaba.The diary entries, with their erratic thoughts, made the reading all the more believable and captivating for me. Read this in a day and simply couldn't put it down.

  • Jossie Marie Solheim

    I wanted to like this book so much but I just couldn't get on with it at all. It was long winded, jumped around constantly and just well, really boring. I abandoned it before I had even made it halfway through, really not what I had expected at all.

  • Tayen

    I enjoyed reading this book. The novel written in a diary form is quite heavy and draws in some serious issues and life events. Reading some of the reviews myself revealled too much information, so I suggest that you should read the book. It's hard hitting but compelling. .

  • Michelle

    I won this book on a goodread giveaway . An easy to read book from a female doctor in South AfricaPolitical , sexist and racist a real eye opener . Not my usual type of read but I really enjoyed it. Many thanks

  • Neo Mohapi

    Fantastic

  • ElenaBodies in the Library

    Different reading, but with a twisted logic behind the main narrative.

  • Adam

    Daring, heady, bold, and transfixing. Not an easy read [it's very triggering] but a worthwhile one.

  • Anne Goodwin

    With her brother’s suicide, Masechaba has lost her confidant, so she pours her hopes and fears, interspersed with passages from Scripture, into her diary. From the teenage shame of uncontrollable menstrual bleeding, to the euphoria of achieving her ambition to qualify as a doctor, the reader is party to her innermost thoughts. But, while the story of an overworked, overtired and overwhelmed junior doctor is a familiar one, the cash-strapped health care system in post-apartheid South Africa bri [...]

  • LibraryLass

    At times this was a 5 star read but at others a 3.